"it's not the machine, it's the man"
This quote is from Chuck Yeager, first man to fly over the sound barrier.
What definitely counts for me, it is what the user expects from the combo service/material (operator vs material).
In short: here in Portugal, as in other countries i guess, services have pros and cons, but are all-in-all about the same.
Remains the equipments, the phones themselves. As the operators usually provide them with exclusivity to their network, a huge market of all-operators phones (read: unlocked) has rised.
They are legal, anyway, as you buy the phone without contracting a service to a particular operator.
Thus, people can have the phone that suits best their needs, THEN chosing an operator.
And why not, lots of people have more SIM cards (from other operators) to use whenever it is judicious (ie. less expensive, as the coverage is about equal).
Likewise, the important is how people feel with a particular phone model.
As far as I know, in France there is a jurisprudence, not being 100% sure, that even contractual phones may be legally unlocked after 6 months.
It is somehow one of the questions of the open-source: why when you buy something should you be stuck?
It is a hot subject here in Europe.
Great Holidays and a Happy 2005 to you Lee, to all the staff at CNET, to all the readers, and why not, to all of the world.
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